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Neurologists Discover New Method to Fight Glioblastomas

August 14, 2014

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Researchers Discover Weakness in Glioblastoma Defenses

By targeting a protein crucial in the early development of the brain, researchers discovered that they can block multiple signaling pathways implicated in glioblastoma growth and have reduced human tumors in mouse models of the disease. Glioblastoma is a complex, deadly, and hard-to-treat brain cancer, but Yale School of Medicine researchers may have found the […]

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Researchers Uncover New Causes for ALS

August 12, 2014

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Researchers Uncover New Causes for ALS

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Biology and University College London have uncovered new causes for ALS and a specific form of dementia. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne and University College London have now unearthed the way in which a specific genetic mutation leads to neuronal damage […]

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Psychology and Public Health Experts Claim Regular Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

August 11, 2014

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Researchers Show Regular Marijuana Use Bad for Teens Brains

Psychology and public health experts claim that that regular cannabis use, which they consider once a week, is not safe and may result in addiction and significant neurocognitive damage to the brains of teenagers and young adults. Washington — Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young […]

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Scientists Confirm Cellular Basis for Memory by Implanting and Erasing Fear in Rats

June 2, 2014

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Researchers Confirm Cellular Basis for Memory by Implanting and Erasing Fear

In a newly published study, scientists at the University of California show the ability to selectively remove a memory and predictably reactivate it by stimulating nerves in the brain at frequencies that are known to weaken and strengthen the connections between nerve cells. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have […]

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New Technique Illuminates Neuron Activity in 3D

May 19, 2014

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New Technique Illuminates Neuron Activity in 3D

Using light-field microscopy, researchers demonstrate the new technique that allowed them to simultaneously image the activity of every neuron in the entire brain of a zebrafish larva. Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Researchers at […]

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Infusion of Young Blood Reverses Age-Related Impairments in Mice

May 6, 2014

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Infusion of Young Blood Reverses Age Related Impairments

A newly published study from Stanford University found that an infusion of young blood can counteract and reverse pre-existing effects of brain aging at the molecular, structural, functional and cognitive level in mice. Something — or some things — in the blood of young mice has the ability to restore mental capabilities in old mice, […]

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Researchers Use Stem Cells from Teeth to Grow Brain-Like Cells

May 1, 2014

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Researchers Make Brain Like Cells from Teeth Stem Cells

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that stem cells from teeth can develop and form complex networks of brain-like cells. University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that stem cells taken from teeth can grow to resemble brain cells, suggesting they could one day be used in the brain as a therapy for stroke. […]

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Neurobiologists Block the Effects of Stress

April 14, 2014

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New Research Reveals How to Block Stress Damage

By deleting the REDD1 gene in mice, researchers from Yale University were able to block the synaptic and behavioral deficits caused by stress. Ketamine, an anesthetic sometimes abused as a street drug, increases the synaptic connections between brain cells and in low doses acts as a powerful antidepressant, Yale researchers have found. However, stress has […]

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Scientists Reveal 3D Structure of the Molecular Transporter TSPO

March 24, 2014

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Researchers Decode Cholesterol Transporter Structure

Scientists have revealed the 3D structure of the molecular transporter TSPO for the first time, opening the door to novel paths for the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. The word “cholesterol” is directly linked in most people’s minds with high-fat foods, worrying blood test results, and cardiovascular diseases. However, despite its bad reputation, cholesterol […]

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Neurobiologists Reveal Age-Related Changes that Answer Key Questions about Alzheimer’s Disease

March 19, 2014

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Study Reveals Age Related Changes that help to Answer Key Questions about Alzheimers Disease

In a newly published study, neurobiologists reveal age-related changes that help to answer key questions about Alzheimer’s disease. With advancing age, highly-evolved brain circuits become susceptible to molecular changes that can lead to neurofibrillary tangles — a hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease, Yale researchers report the week of March 17 in the Proceedings of the National […]

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Researchers Use Brain Signals to Move Paralyzed Limbs

February 20, 2014

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Brain Signals Move Paralyzed Limbs

A newly published study details a cortical-spinal prosthesis that directs “targeted movement” in paralyzed limbs. Ithaca, New York – To help people suffering paralysis from injury, stroke or disease, scientists have invented brain-machine interfaces that record electrical signals of neurons in the brain and translate them to movement. Usually, that means the neural signals direct […]

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Gene Linking Brain Structure to Intelligence Identified

February 12, 2014

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Gene Linking Brain Structure to Intelligence Discovered

An international team of scientists has identified a gene linking brain structure to intelligence, finding that teenagers carrying a particular gene variant had a thinner cortex in the left cerebral hemisphere and performed less well on tests for intellectual ability. For the first time, scientists at King’s College London have identified a gene linking the […]

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